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About the Office of Research Oversight

The Office of Research Oversight (ORO) was formed in November 2018 to reflect Georgetown University’s ongoing commitment to consolidate and harmonize research compliance activities across all campuses. Reporting jointly to the Medical Center Dean for Research and the Main Campus Vice Provost for Research, ORO’s activities are primarily concentrated in the areas of conflict of interest; export controls; research misconduct; and responsible conduct of research; and includes the new Office of Research Quality Assurance (ORQA). ORO’s mission is to facilitate basic science research and protect the safety and welfare of human subjects participating in research and clinical trials by ensuring that all activities are conducted in a legally and ethically compliant environment.


ORO and the team of professionals formerly in the Office of Regulatory Affairs but who now report directly to the Dean of Research work in cooperation with the University community to facilitate research integrity in the design, conduct, review and reporting of research, and to promote adherence to applicable laws, regulations, and professional and ethical standards.


About Regulatory Affairs

Regulatory affairs activities pertain to oversight and guidance in human subject research; animal care and use; biosafety; chemical safety; radiation safety; occupational health; handling of hazardous, controlled or regulated substances; and material transfers.

Institutional Review Board (IRB)
The Institutional Review Board‘s (IRB) primary role is to safeguard the rights and welfare of all human subjects who participate in research studies conducted by Georgetown.

Animal Care and Use (IACUC)
The IACUC’s mission is to ensure the proper care and humane treatment of animals.

Occupational Health
Occupational Health serves to identify, evaluate, manage and reduce potential health risks associated with the care and use of laboratory animals.